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We of the Orthodox community believe that Turkeys attempts to enter the European Union should be denied. Now with a Islamic fundamentalist government, they have proven themselves unworthy of joining such a prestigious union. Presecution to Orthodox Christians, in its surrounding area has not only happened in the past, yet it continues today.

Below are three accounts from each Orthodox civilisation (Assyrian, Armenian, and Greek). All were transcribed in the early 20th century.

Assyrian
More than sixty Assyrian notables were taken from the French mission and shot by Turkish troops. Among these was Mar Dinkha, a bishop of the Assyrian Church. "Here, then, in the ancient city of Tebarma, the scene of many previous martyrdoms, an Assyrian bishop is being led to be executed. He was not alone. He had a large company of his Christian brethren with him. What Mar Shimun Bar Sabaee, the first Assyrian Patriarch had done, during the persecution of Shapur the Magi, in the fourth century, was now to be gloriously repeated by another bishop of his church in the twentieth century. The Moslems had established a rule in asking of their victims to deny Christ and embrace Islam in order to save their lives. But weaker men and women than this body of prisoners had already chosen to be burned alive, and to be cut to pieces with aces, then deny their Redeemer! 'Be brave, take courage, be patient, falter not, be firm and look up. In a few moments we will be with Christ!' With such words he encouraged his companions in bonds, till they reached the end of their fatal journey, where they were all shot to death."

Armenian
"Once they found themselves in secluded parts of the regions, the Turkish soldiers began hanging, murdering, raping and burning the Armenian people who could be influential in leading an uprising against them; professional people like doctors, writers, poets, professors, phillosophers and noblemen. After this first wave of executions, they began their pillage against the remainaing Armenian people."

Greek
"The poor Christians would not leave their homes, as a result the Turkish Government said that the Greek people should not be afraid and an order was issued for them to go back to their jobs and continue normally. The poor people believe them and few days after, on the morning of the 16th of June 1921 the city of Samsounta was surrounded by police. The Turks arrested all the Greeks, even those amongst the workers of the American Tobacco Company. These poor people, around 3000 of them, ages from 12 to 60 were locked up in the Turkish school Kutchuk Mearif. The Turkish police was very brutal to them. In the morning they were exiled to the central Turkey, naked hungry, beaten up by the savage policemen that guarded them. This poor caravan of 999 people began its Golgotha of its martyrdom. 2 days later another caravan under even worst conditions left Samsounta with 1200 people and the next, the 3rd one with 751 people left next day."

Therefore I pledge to you to sign this petetion so that this atrocity cannot be repeated. Thank you for your time.

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